Agenda and decisions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

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Decision:

An apology for lateness was received from Councillor Stephens.

 

Apologies for absence were received from Carolyn Downs (Chief Executive – represented by Peter Gadsdon as Strategic Director of Customer & Digital Services), Phil Porter (Strategic Director, Community & Wellbeing – represented by Hakeem Osinaike as Operational Director of Housing) and Alan Lunt (Strategic Director Regeneration & Environment represented by Alice Lester as Operational Director of Regeneration, Growth & Employment).

 

 

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare at this stage of the meeting, the nature and existence of any relevant disclosable pecuniary or personal interests in the items on this agenda and to specify the item(s) to which they relate.

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Decision:

Peter Gadsdon & Gail Tolley both declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 9 (Proposals for ownership and refurbishment of Granville New Homes Blocks) as council appointed Directors on the Boards of First Wave Housing Ltd and i4B Holdings Ltd.

3.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 228 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on Monday 13 September 2021 as a correct record.

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED that the minutes of the previous meeting held on Monday 13 September 2021 be approved as an accurate record of the meeting.

4.

Matters Arising (if any)

To consider any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.

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Decision:

None.

5.

Petitions (if any)

To discuss any petitions from members of the public, in accordance with Standing Order 66.

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Decision:

None

6.

Reference of item considered by Scrutiny Committees (if any)

To consider any reference reports from any of the Council’s two Scrutiny Committees.

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Decision:

Cabinet noted the supplementary agenda item circulated in advance of the meeting which contained the recommendations made by the Community & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee held on 7 October 21 arising from their pre decision scrutiny of the implications for Brent Housing Management and the Housing Revenue Account of the proposals relating to the ownership and refurbishment of the Granville New Homes blocks, as contained within the report accompanying Agenda Item 9.

 

The Leader of the Council advised that these recommendations would be considered as part of the discussions under Agenda Item 9.

 

There were no other references from Scrutiny submitted for consideration at the meeting.

7.

Future of St Raphael's Estate pdf icon PDF 348 KB

This report provides an update on the community led masterplanning at St Raphael’s Estate, the infill ‘plus’ development now being progressed and detail on next steps.  The report also seeks authority to the allocation of the budget to proceed with the design of the remaining infill plus development sites and additional estate wide improvements.

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Decision:

Cabinet NOTED the comments made by Asif Zamir (Chair of St Raphs Voice) who had requested to speak on the item.  In addressing Cabinet, Mr Zamir outlined the important role of St Raphs Voice in representing the local community on the estate and disappointment felt at the fact full redevelopment was (at this current stage) no longer available as an option for residents to support.

 

Whilst understanding the reasons why delivery of the redevelopment masterplan was not currently considered to be financially viable, Mr Zamir highlighted concerns to ensure that the infill plus masterplan continued to be progressed on the basis of a community led approach in order to deliver the priorities and immediate improvements identified by residents on the estate along with the significant investment that would be required.  Alongside the design and delivery of new homes other priorities identified had included improvements to the care and maintenance of the estate, community and green spaces, public realm, waste management, traffic and parking, which residents were keen to ensure were progressed in order to improve the quality of life for all those living on the estate.

 

In responding to the comments, Councillor Southwood (as Lead Member for Housing & Welfare Reform), began by thanking Mr Zamir for addressing the meeting in order to highlight residents views and for the supportive and constructive way in which St Raphs Voice had continued to work and challenge the Council in order to provide confidence for residents in the process.  Whilst recognising the disappointment felt by residents that it would not be possible to offer the choice between full redevelopment and infill plus as options, an assurance was provided that the approach towards development of infill “plus” would continue to be community led and focussed on providing meaningful investment to secure real and tangible change for residents, which would also include the consideration of wider objectives such as health and economic recovery.  It was also confirmed, in response to the request from St Raphs Voice, that the approach being recommended to Cabinet would not prevent the option of full redevelopment being revisited, should circumstances in terms of the financial viability of the scheme alter at any stage in the future.

 

Having noted the response provided, Councillor M Butt (Leader of the Council) ended by welcoming the comments made by Mr Zamir on behalf of St Raphs Voice and Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

 (1)    To confirm its continued commitment to improving the lived experience on St Raphael’s through an ‘infill plus’ approach to the delivery of new Council homes.  This to include the delivery of resident priorities for green space and play space, streets and safety, community amenities, connectivity, health and employment.

 

(2)     To approve the allocation of £2.35m to enable commencement of the design of the Infill Masterplan, design of the wider estate improvements and the purchase and installation of a temporary community / project building, as described at paragraph 5 of the report.

 

(3)     To note the Resident’s Charter developed by St Raphael’s Voice, the content  ...  view the full decision text for item 7.

8.

Article 4 Direction Removing Permitted Development Rights for Change of Use From Class C3 dwelling houses to Class C4 House in Multiple Occupation pdf icon PDF 388 KB

This report details representations received to a borough wide Article 4 direction.  The direction required planning permission for change of use from residential dwellings to houses in multiple occupation.  It presents the representations received to the consultation and officer responses and recommends the making of a new Article 4 that excludes the draft Local Plan’s site allocations within the Church End Growth Area and all parts of the other seven Growth Areas.

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED

 

(1)     To note the representations received on a non-immediate Article 4 Direction made in October 2019 removing permitted development rights for change of use from Residential (C3) to Houses in Multiple Occupation (C4) and the officers’ responses.

 

(2)     To agree, having considered the representations received, that the non-immediate Article 4 Direction made in October 2019 removing permitted development rights for change of use from Residential (C3) to Houses in Multiple Occupation (C4) does not proceed to confirmation and the Direction is formally revoked.

 

(3)     To approve the making of a new borough wide non-immediate Article 4 direction for change of use from Residential (C3) to Houses in Multiple Occupation (C4) that excludes the draft Local Plan’s site allocations within Church End Growth Area and all parts of the other seven Growth Areas as shown in Appendix B of the report.

 

(4)     To delegate authority to the Strategic Director for Regeneration and Environment in association with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning to consider consultation responses and the decision on whether to confirm the Article 4 Direction.

9.

Proposal for ownership and refurbishment of Granville New Homes blocks pdf icon PDF 396 KB

The reports sets out options for funding and carrying out the remedial works identified as required at the Granville Road, Princess Road, and Canterbury Road blocks (otherwise known as Granville New Homes) and potential disposal of these blocks from First Wave Housing Ltd to the HRA.

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Decision:

Having considered and noted the recommendations made by the Community & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee held on 7 October 21 in relation to their pre decision scrutiny of the proposals, Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)     To note the options analysis and agree that disposing of the blocks at Granville New Homes to the Council’s Housing Revenue Account was the best option, subject to a consultation with residents being carried out.

 

(2)     To approve commencing a consultation with residents on the proposed option 1C as set out in sections 5 and 6 of the report.

 

(3)     To delegate authority to the Strategic Director of Community Wellbeing in consultation with the Director of Finance and the Lead Member (the Deputy Leader) for a final decision regarding the disposal of the properties, subject to the outcomes of the consultation with residents.

 

(4)     To delegate authority to the Director of Finance to renegotiate the terms and payment of the loan between Brent Council and First Wave Housing Ltd.

10.

Quarter 2 Financial Report 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 527 KB

This report sets out the current Q2 forecast of income and expenditure versus the revenue budget for 2021/22 and other key financial data.

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED

 

(1)     To note the overall financial position as detailed within the Quarter 2 update and the actions being taken to manage the issues highlighted within the report.

 

(2)     To note the budget setting strategy for 2022/23,

11.

Authority to Award Contract for the Managed Services for Temporary Agency Staff pdf icon PDF 370 KB

This report concerns the proposed award of the contract for a Managed Service for Temporary Agency Staff. The service will provide temporary staff to the council to fill vacant posts in the short term and on an interim basis, to manage fluctuations in workload and to obtain specialist skills quickly when the need arises.

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to approve the award of the contract for a Managed Service for Temporary Agency Staff to Contractor C for a period of three years plus a one year extension.

12.

2021/22 Quarter 1 (April - June) Performance Report pdf icon PDF 499 KB

This report and the performance scorecard set out the position on the Council’s performance in the first quarter of 2021/22.

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Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED

 

(1)      To note the performance information contained in the updated report format.

 

(2)     To note the current and future strategic risks associated with the information provided and agree the remedial actions on strategic risks identified as appropriate alongside the challenge on progress being provided with responsible officers as necessary.

13.

Exclusion of Press and Public

The following items are not for publication as they relate to the categories of exempt information listed as specified under Part 1, Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972:

 

Item 9:       Proposal for ownership and refurbishment of Granville New Homes blocks (Appendix 2 – additional legal implications) – exempt under Para 5 of Schedule 12 A: “Information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings”

 

Item 11:     Authority to Award Contract for the Managed Service for Temporary Agency Staff (Appendix 1 – list of Tenderers) – exempt under Para 3 of Schedule 12A: “Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)”

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Decision:

There were no items that required the exclusion of the press or public.

14.

Any other urgent business

Notice of items to be raised under this heading must be given in writing to the Head of Executive and Member Services or his representative before the meeting in accordance with Standing Order 60.

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Decision:

None.